Since 1994, when South Africa adopted its democratic constitution, equality has been the law of the land. Cape Town is a hotspot for gay culture and boasts a liberal and accepting attitude. There is a plethora of gay entertainment and nightlife, mostly centred around the De Waterkant gaybourhood. In this area you will find a variety of gay and gay-friendly restaurants, coffee shops, clubs and bars.
Café Manhattan: (Corner of Dixon & Waterkant Street; +27 21 4216666) An energetic restaurant popular with the gay crowd and straight friends. It is probably one of the oldest gay venues in Cape Town and offers tasty, inexpensive food and an attractive crowd. Small and friendly, they’ll know the up-to-date local scoop. The large front bar attracts mainly guys, and it’s most popular as an early, after-dinner hangout.
Beefcakes: A 50’s American diner, complete with legendary burgers, fabulous entertainment, gorgeous waiters and downstairs bar. Gay gourmet burger bar and restaurant with regular drag shows and themed nights. Sovereign Quay, a 50’s American diner, complete with legendary burgers, fabulous entertainment , gorgeous waiters and downstairs bar, Studio 54 (40 Somerset Rd; +27 21 425 9019)
Clifton 3rd: The unofficial gay beach of the four Clifton beaches is where the beautiful boys hang out. Clifton is regularly rated as one of the world’s best beaches. It faces west so the sunsets are stunning, setting around 20h00 in summer.
Sandy Bay: Set amongst the peaks of the Twelve Apostles with striking white sand this secluded gay-friendly spot is also the only unofficial nudist beach in South Africa. Let it all hang out for that perfect all over tan. It’s equally acceptable to visit fully-clothed as the tranquil bay attracts hikers, conservationists and those who simply want to avoid the crowds at busier beaches.